Australia 's Development Of Technology

3705 WordsMay 14, 201515 Pages
1. Describe what the reasons could be for Australia wanting to contribute to the development of CCS while developing countries such as India and China continue to build power stations but are not at the forefront of CCS. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a means of separating out carbon dioxide (CO2) when burning fossil fuels and then disposing of it either underground or at or under the sea bed. Australia’s concern for the environment is one reason for them wanting to contribute to the development of CCS. In addition they also have the wealth to be able to investigate and implement this technology. India and China, on the other hand, despite their phenomenal economic growth are still relatively new economies who perhaps do not have…show more content…
Australia as one of the world wealthiest countries being the 12th largest national economy (CIA, 2015) with a very high standard of living does have the resources, economic, technical and infrastructural, to implement CCS technology. The Australian public are concerned with the environment and keen that any Government in power have some commitment to the environment and climate on its agenda and that the Government is committed to preserving the environment. If those in power wish to remain there this commitment must be visible. Unfortunately Australia has just committed to an economic plan that is based on the mining, exportation and burning of the nations massive coal resources (Vorrath, 2014). Hand in hand with this strategy, should be an investment in CCS so that Australia takes some responsibility for reducing pollution. It is interesting to note that the two biggest countries Australia is relying on to buy this coal (India and China) are starting to move away from heavy polluting coal power stations and looking at alternative technologies. India, for example, is providing loans and subsidies to its citizens to set up the world’s largest solar farms whilst China has the ambitious aim to phase out coal completely in some cities by 2020 (Vorrath, 2014). By reducing their coal dependency these countries are in fact playing their part in trying to reduce Co2 pollution albeit not necessarily investing in CCS technology (Vorrath,
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